Racer Becky Swanson concentrates in last years Tears and Gears Triathlon

Tears and Gears duathlon is set to race on Sept. 5

The Tears and Gears duathlon is ready to race for a sixth time.

The Tears and Gears duathlon is ready to race for a sixth time.

The race features varying run and bike distances, along with a kid’s race, which was a new addition last year. The Classic distance entails a 10-kilometer trail run and a 12-kilometer bike ride. The Enduro distance consists of a 22-kilometer run and a 25-kilometer bike ride. The Kids race is a four-kilometer loop catering specifically for kids aged 10 to 12.

“The Kid’s race that was new last year and we are doing it again. It was a great success and a lot of fun for the 10 to 12 year olds,” said Abi Moore, a co-director of the race. “We have quite a few teenagers do the Classic course with a team of friends, so that’s always cool to see. We have some 12 and 14 year olds kicking a lot of parents’ asses and doing really well.”

All races start at the Fernie Aquatic Centre at 8 a.m. and are followed by a barbeque and draw prizes, starting at 11 a.m. The race is part of the Trek Race series, where competitors who participate in at least five of the six races in the series earn a belt buckle to commemorate the effort.

For more information on the race or to contact race directors Abi Moore or Krista Turcasso, visit www.fernietearsandgears.com.